To establish eligibility for the Child Life Professional Certification Exam, applicants must successfully complete and document each of the eligibility requirements. All applicants must complete an Eligibility Assessment prior to registering for the exam.
Applicants can expect to see their online profile updated within 3 weeks of the receipt of documentation at the ACLP office. Please factor in this turnaround time when planning the submission of internship applications or registration for the exam.
Eligibility Assessment Fee: $80.00 USD
Please note that students who have graduated from or are enrolled in an ACLP-endorsed academic program (during the period of endorsement) must contact the ACLP office at firstname.lastname@example.org
in order to start their Eligibility Assessment.
To complete the eligibility assessment, you must complete each of the following three parts. However, if you have not yet completed all the requirements, you may enter some information and return later to enter the other parts.
Please note: you must submit an official transcript before your degree and coursework will be reviewed
From the Customer Profile in the upper left hand-corner, click the small icon with 3 horizontal bars.
Part 1: Click on Enter degree and courses for review
Applicants must enter their degree and each course to be reviewed.
Applicants must submit an official transcript documenting the successful completion of the degree and courses before they will be reviewed. Click here for additional information about submitting transcripts.
Applicants must enter college/university-generated course descriptions.
Once your academic information has been reviewed, the Evaluation Report (in your profile, click on Certification Application Status to locate) will show which courses were approved and allow you to monitor your progress toward establishing eligibility. This report may be printed and shared with internship coordinators and others.
Part 2: Click on Enter child life course information for verification
Applicants must complete the online process or submit the Child Life Course Verification Form AND submit an official transcript documenting the successful completion of the course before it will be reviewed. Click here for additional information about submitting transcripts.
Part 3: Click on Enter clinical experience information for verification
Applicants must complete the online process or submit the Child Life Course Verification Form to document a minimum of 600 hours of child life internship under the direct supervision of a CCLS.
Applicants must submit supporting documentation for each of the requirements as described on the Verification of Requirements page.
Review of your information will not begin until we receive your supporting documents.
For full details on the process of becoming certified, please see the Candidate Manual.